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Our Vision & Strategic Priorities

Providing Opportunity

Scholarships & Experiential Learning
($11.5 Million)

Provide students with access to higher education and opportunities to expand their learning in real-world situations.

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Building Capacity

Program Support
($8 Million)

Expand new and existing programs that provide compelling and distinct opportunities for our students.

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Expanding Possibilities

The Fund for New Paltz
($3.5 Million)

Create learning opportunities that awaken the potential in every student and enrich the experiences of our students and our community.

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Two-thousand-foot cliffs rise majestically from the valley floor and invite each creature who passes through this place to look up, toward the Ridge.

Many of us come here and move on. Some never leave.
Yet all of us are forever changed.

We all remain connected to this College, to this picturesque place.

Looking up towards the heights of the Shawangunk Ridge we are reminded of what each of us has left behind, of where we have travelled from in order to find this singular space.

We come to New Paltz from across New York, from nearly every state—indeed from all across the globe. And we each have a journey of discovery to share—from the roads that led us here, from the trails that encircle this place, to the paths that lead from here to the four-corners of our precious planet.

Come. Soar with us. With you at our side we are sure to Soar Higher.

Since its inception as the Classical School nearly 200 years ago, SUNY New Paltz has nurtured a reputation for creativity and a spirit of inquiry.


We graduate students equipped with knowledge, skills, and a sense of purpose that embolden them to become the educators, innovators, explorers, scientists, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs this world needs.

Over the years, visionary leadership, the endeavors of our faculty, staff and students, the achievements of our alumni, and philanthropic support from those who believe in our mission all have brought SUNY New Paltz to where it is today—recognized among the finest public institutions in the country and still accessible to students from diverse backgrounds.

Building on our accomplishments and driven by our aspirations, we launch Soaring Higher—The Campaign for SUNY New Paltz. The first comprehensive campaign in the College’s history, this multi-year initiative seeks $23 Million in philanthropic support for strategic priorities across campus:

Provide Opportunity: Scholarships & Experiential Learning ($11.5 Million)
Provide students with access to higher education and opportunities to expand their learning in real-world situations.

Build Capacity: Program Support ($8 Million)
Expand new and existing programs that provide compelling and distinct opportunities for our students.

Expand Possibilities: The Fund for New Paltz ($3.5 Million)
Create learning opportunities that awaken the potential in every student and enrich the experiences of our students and our community.

Why does SUNY New Paltz, a state school, need your support?

SUNY New Paltz’s operating budget comes from two sources, state support (22%) and tuition (78%). The operating budget includes salaries for faculty, administration, and support staff (with employee fringe benefits funded separately by the state, not out of the campus budget); modest scholarship recruitment funding for top performers; underwriting of student-centered programs such as the Center for Student Success, Scholars Mentorship Program, and the Sojourner Truth Library, to name a few; and support for the many programs that make New Paltz a special place.

Separately, state-issued bonds fund major construction and renovation initiatives via a separate budget. New York taxpayers pay the debt service on these bonds. Bonded monies also fund major dormitory construction and renovations, which are repaid by the students who live on campus via housing fees and not by taxpayers. Nevertheless, the need for additional space—both academic and residential— and for physical plant upgrades far exceed the funds available.

Yet the above resources are not interchangeable. Tuition cannot be used to build dorms, and bonds cannot be used to fund the operating budget. Furthermore, state funding for the operating budget is not expected to increase in the coming years.

This is why philanthropy matters. Private donations provide scholarships that make a SUNY New Paltz education more accessible. And gifts from supporters like you allow us to grow our distinctive programs—programs that make us stand out from our competition. Together, with your support, we can ensure that New Paltz flourishes far into the future.

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According to SUNY New Paltz’s tri-annual 2017 Economic Impact Statement, the College is a driver of hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity in the Hudson Valley and New York through direct spending, employment, and volunteer activity. SUNY New Paltz is also the number one employer in Ulster County, playing a valuable role in creating and retaining jobs, while preparing students for careers and citizenship.

Points of Distinction

100

Forbes Magazine
“America’s Top Colleges” (2017-2018), New Paltz in the top 100 public colleges in the nation

5%

A recent Social Mobility Index places New Paltz in the top 5% of institutions nationwide that help students climb the socioeconomic ladder

50

AffordableColleges.com (2017-18)
50 most affordable in-state public universities in the US

#7

US News & World Report
Best Colleges Rankings (2017-18), Best Public Regional Universities-North


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